EAGAN, Minn. – Football for breakfast is on the way in the Central Time Zone.
The Vikings (2-1) are set to play the Saints (1-2) in London to launch the 2022 International Series in the first of three London Games scheduled this season.
It will be 2:30 p.m. at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the time of the opening kickoff (8:30 a.m. CT).
The Vikings will be wearing purple jerseys and pants, the same combo Minnesota donned in its Wild Card Round upset of New Orleans in January 2020 (and in a 2020 regular-season loss there on Christmas). It will be the 10th occurrence all-time for the team to wear purple jerseys and pants.
This will be the third regular-season appearance in London by each team. Minnesota and New Orleans are each 2-0 in previous contests.
The Vikings wore purple jerseys and white pants in 2013 at Wembley Stadium and 2017 at Twickenham Stadium, as well as an exhibition slate at Wembley Stadium in 1983 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, a synopsis of the series history and a key topic addressed this week by Vikings Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips, Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell and Special Teams Coordinator Matt Daniels.
NFL Network (and KTSP in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Mark Sanchez
Sideline reporters: Laura Okmin and Jamie Erdahl
Because this is a nationally televised game, fans from coast to coast will be able to watch the game on their iOS mobile devices with the Vikings app or Vikings mobile site (Safari browser only).
Radio: KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK (1130-AM) and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Radio Pregame Show: Hosted by Mike Mussman (6 a.m.)
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
New this year: People in Minnesota will be able to listen to the Vikings Radio Network broadcast through the iHeartRadio app on their smart devices.
SPANISH RADIO BROADCAST
New for the 2022 season, the Vikings will air a Spanish broadcast of all games.
You can hear the Vikings on Tico Sports at WREY "El Rey" 94.9-FM and 630-AM in the Twin Cities and on Tico-Sports.com, elrey949fm.com and vikings.com. Additionally, the stream will be available as part of NFL+.
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios
Color commentary: Isaias Zendejas
Minnesota: SiriusXM 106 or 386 and the SXM App
New Orleans: SiriusXM 83 or 228 and the SXM App
National: SiriusXM 113 or 220 and the SXM App
VIKINGS MOBILE APP
Keep the Vikings nearby wherever you go with the Minnesota Vikings mobile app. A source for news and exclusive features, the app also will stream video broadcasts of games for people in the market/broadcast area of each game.
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
NFL+ AND NFL+ PREMIUM
Start your free trial of NFL+ today to watch Vikings preseason games live or on-demand.
NFL+ and NFL+ Premium provide all the action when you are on the go. It is available in the NFL app and at NFL.com/plus.
NFL+ is available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year and offers the following:
· Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
· Live local and prime-time regular-season and postseason games on your phone or tablet
· Live game audio (home, away & national calls) for every game of the season
· NFL library programming on-demand, ad-free
NFL+ Premium is available for $9.99/month or $79.99/year and offers all of the NFL+ features and the following:
· Full-game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Coaches film (ad-free)
Look back on photos from past games between the Vikings and the Saints.
The Vikings are 23-13 all-time in 36 games against the Saints (includes 4-1 in postseason games).
Phillips on having Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison and getting the run game going:
The Vikings rushed 25 times for 123 yards last week against Detroit with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison each scoring touchdowns in the red zone.
Cook is day-to-day with a shoulder injury he suffered against the Lions. He fully participated Thursday after not participating Wednesday. Phillips said Mattison's ability to do all things required of a running back is a big benefit when he relieves Cook.
"You just feel comfortable in all phases of the game; whether it's running the ball, protection pickups or in the pass game, either of those guys can really mix and match. They can all pick up blitzes, so it's really a luxury."
Asked about the progress in the ground game, Phillips said, "I do think our guys for the most part have come off the football. They were physical last week. That was a physical team, a physical front. That's kind of their identity there. That's what they've built, and I thought our guys responded really well.
"We're playing another physical front this week, so that will be a big challenge, but getting the runs called is a big part of it, as well," he added. "In general, backs and offensive line, if you just keep calling them at times where they start to wear them down and the backs get in a rhythm, they start to really get in the feel of the game. The linemen can set their pads, so to speak, and just giving them the opportunity to go and do it."
Donatell on getting key stops late against the Lions:
The Vikings defense is yet to allow a point in a fourth quarter this season.
Part of the reason was a stop on fourth-and-1 by Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks and Patrick Peterson.
"That's our favorite play of the year. The game's on the line, per se, a couple of times," Donatell said. "It was there, and our guys came together, all the guys, the strength of Danielle [Hunter], 54 (Eric Kendricks), everybody like that. Those are program times when you come through.
"A lot of things happen in this first month, and we're still learning about ourselves. There were a lot of un-scouted looks, we've played some nice offenses," Donatell added. "Don't think that wasn't a good offense. That offense put up 35 a week [in the first two weeks] and they're going to keep putting up points. They're talented, they've got a really good line, the quarterback is playing well. Philly is as hot of a team as there is out there, and then Green Bay is Green Bay, so as it looks, that was a tougher test than we thought, and we've got to improve on that. We've got a tough test this week, too.
View photos of Vikings fans in London, England ahead of the Week 4 game vs. the Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Daniels on determining the max distance for a field goal attempt by Greg Joseph:
Greg Joseph made a career-long, 56-yard field goal against Green Bay in Week 1.
The Vikings opted to have him try two more from that distance against Detroit. He wasn't able to put either of those through the uprights.
Daniels explained some of the process with deciding before each game what the max length might be.
"Usually we go into the game, I speak with our Game Management Coordinator Ryan Cordell, and he kind of asks me after we finish warmups, after Greg is finished, he asks, 'What do you think the line is today, gotta have it, end of half, end of game?' so I let him know, and then we always talk about under regular circumstances, 'What is the line?' The line is always different based off who we're playing, the quarterback we're up against, do we want to play the field position battle and the weather conditions," Daniels said. "Typically we go about it that way, and then once we're past the 50, we're either in four-down territory or we get to a certain yard line, he communicates [to Head Coach Kevin O'Connell] 'You are in field-goal range' because we've already pre-discussed what that line is.
"The thing is, you want to continue to have confidence in your kicker. Just because he goes out for 56, I don't know we want to send him out for a 59-, 60-yarder, but if there's an opportunity to get another shot at a 56-yarder, absolutely, send him back out there again, and that's exactly what we did," Daniels added. "I feel good about where Greg is, still have the utmost confidence in him to bounce back."